The New Hampshire Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of a bill that would tie a person’s voting domicile to motor vehicle law – for now, at least. In March, the New Hampshire House asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in on the constitutionality of House Bill 118, one of several bills introduced this session that attempts to change voting eligibility requirements. This change in particular would link voting registration with motor vehicle law, stating: “A person who declares an address in a New Hampshire town or ward as his or her domicile for voting purposes shall be deemed to have established his or her residence for motor vehicle law purposes at that address.”
An amended version of the bill that added several other “factors” to be considered in determining voting eligibility outside of the motor vehicle requirements.
A majority of members on the House Election Law Committee endorsed the amended version of the bill, arguing that it would simply codify and clarify requirements that supervisors of the checklist already take into account.
“The guidelines are in the procedure manual used by election officials,” Rep. Adam Schroadter wrote in the majority opinion on the bill. “Adding them to statute makes them more accessible to everyone.”